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Extreme Couponing Tip: Benefit with Coupon Overage!

Overage: Receiving cash back or having the remaining balance applied to the basket purchase when your total falls below $0 after using coupons.

Policies: The majority of stores do not purposefully allow overage, and this is often stated in their coupon policy (examples include CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, and Walgreens). Many cashiers adjust the amount of the coupon down to match the price of the product if the coupon’s face value is greater. However, some registers may accept the full value of the coupon and apply the remainder to the rest of your purchase cost. Exceptions to overage allowance are Albertsons and Walmart. Below are excerpts from their coupon policies:

Albertsons: “Coupons that exceed the retail value of an item will have the remaining amount applied to the balance of the transaction. In the event a transaction balance results in a “credit,” additional items WILL be added/suggested to the order to utilize the remaining value of the coupon. We will not provide any “cash back” on coupons; however we will provide full redemption value.”

Walmart: “If coupon value exceeds the price of the item, the excess may be given to the customer as cash or applied toward the basket purchase.”

Additional Options: Other stores most likely to give overage include local, non-chain stores or those with registers/cashiers that do not adjust down the coupon price. Shop around (trial and error) or ask customer service to see if any stores in your area offer overage. If they do, remember that this is a privilege, and the store may reverse their policy or update their register system at any time.

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19 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Benefit with Coupon Overage!”

  1. Shay New says:

    I’ll have to print out the WAGS policy ecause they denied me use of a coupon yesterday because it was a penny over the items price

    • Jeffy Walker says:

      I went to Wags the other day and manger didn’t know they could reduce a coupon down. I showed the policy and she was like thanks for being prepared! First time I have heard that!

  2. Jeffy Walker says:

    Is it wrong if you don’t tell a cashier to reduce the coupon down and get overage??

    • aunt_coocoo says:

      I wouldn’t think so because the stores are reimbursed the face value of the coupon, so why should THEY be the ones to make money off of our hard work finding, cutting, organizing, and planning???

  3. Jeffy Walker says:

    I went to wags yesturday and the manger had no idea they could reduce a couon down! Well I soed her the policy and she said thanks for coming prepared!! I may just keep going to that one

  4. Lizz1110 says:

    I used those Target and MFC to get three free Bounces the other day, and the cashier (after calling her manager to make sure that size wasn’t the trial size) didn’t adjust the coupons down. I got $2 off on each box that cost $1.97. It’s only 9 cents, but it was an overage. I think it wasn’t as noticeable since I was paying OOP for the Campbell’s Go Soups. (And boy, was my cashier excited to hear about that deal! She said she was going to have to look into that, esp since she also gets an employee discount!)

    • akcoon2 says:

      You did this at Wal-mart?? I didn’t think Wal-mart accepted competitors coupons unless it has the price of the product on it.

      • ash07dc says:

        Sounds like Lizz1110 is talking about Target, because the Campbell’s Go Soups was a deal at Target.

      • Lizz1110 says:

        No, at Target. Hence using the Target coupons. I should have been more clear. I was using it as an example of a time the coupon amount should have been adjusted down, but was not.

  5. I went to Wal-mart last week hoping to buy produce with my overage. I went with printed coupon policy in hand (as always), but cashier adjusted all my coupons down. I showed her the printed policy from the corporate site, she stated that her manager had made the decision months ago to not allow overage. I spoke with the manager who also looked at the policy. He said overage was happening too often in his store, that he just couldn’t allow it anymore (even though it says nothing about being ‘ up to dscresion of the manager’). I politely refused the produce that would have been free, then was lectured again by the manager that he’d still lose money yet again because he had to ” place produce on the discounted shelf”. It had been 3 months since stepping foot into Wal mart because of another bad of a bad coupon experience, I’m pretty sure I’m 100% done with Walmart. The freebies aren’t worth my headaches.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m sorry you had such a bad experience! Dealing with uncooperative management is so frustrating. It sounds like you did everything right; referred to the coupon policy, talked to the manager, and (very importantly) remained polite! Sometimes you just have to walk away with your head held high!

    • Sara says:

      I would have said ‘thank you I will just take my coupons and go to another Walmart that follows the corporate policy’

    • Clarkrange Sissy says:

      I had something like that happen to me with overages at Wal-mart also. I had my policies with me also. Thankfully after the checkout girl asked if I wanted the manager and I said yes. The manager told yes they do overages if the coupon scanned, of course it did. The checkout girl even pulled another checkout girl from a nearby register into the problem. The manager made sure I got my overage. I think sometimes it is like a power trip for some checks, Thank God, not all are that way.

    • Fun Fact: At Wal-Mart, Americans spend $36,000,000 every hour of every day. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute! 5.8133333% margin.
      Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

      With these numbers I really doubt that a few coupons with overage would take that much of Walmart’s profits away from them. Plus I’m sure its not coming out of that manager’s pocket either. I doubt a few produce on the discount rack will break Wal-mart’s bank. In my opinion that manager should have followed the policy and all of that could have been avoided and everyone walk away happy and no produce wasted nor discounted.

      Coupon-on sister. Stay guilt free and headache free knowing these numbers and go to the next Wal-mart. The important thing is that you save money for you and your family. ;-)

    • Tiffany says:

      And what’s super annoying is that they aren’t LOSING money…they get reimbursed!

    • This is crazy! yet another reason why I try very hard to avoid Walmart… “discounted shelf”, yeah right. :)

    • Go to a different Walmart… I haven’t had any problems with the ones I go to by me… :/

  6. Anonymous says:

    How about a ‘Woohoo!’ for overage?

    WooHoo!